Written by: Daniel Schröer
Daniel Schröer here. I decided to take up blogging for Futura Germany and allow you to follow our journey with the company and circumstances around what we do in our pest control industry. Today: environmental things.
The german environmental government agency is a key driver in ecologic education around the effects of pest control and its impact. Can't say how grateful I am that they exist and help us with that. Based on their work we/our industry can get only better through better information and guidelines. Thank you guys!
An addition and refinement I want to say for the existing risk mitigation measures in Germany, based on which all pest control firms should operate. Spoiler alert: most are still not operating as should.
I will not go through the whole document as it could fill a full day of your time, but I will post a quick summary because I think the news in it can be reduces to a few facts (I am not trying to be 100% exact here, so leave a comment if I forgot something):
"Anticoagulant residues in red foxes from rural and urban regions were analysed to identify possible differences in exposure."
Around 60% of red foxes had rat poison/"anticoagulant rodenticide" residue in their bodies.
"Furthermore, the occurrence of anticoagulant residues in different songbird species during rat control on farms was investigated."
Around 29% of song birds were found with relevant residues in their bodies. One might argue: "they didn't die of it" and it could be true, but honestly, it also didn't make their life easier.
To give you an example: Rodentologist Steve Gould (UK) once had a stroke and was forced to take medicine that had an anticoagulant effect. He felt weaker, he had hematomas quicker, he was wounded quicker, bleeded more and much more. In nature this means, you are more likely to die, or to become an easier target to predators.
"We developed and tested a new bait station design that aimed to exclude non-target small mammals from bait consumption. "
What this means is basically: bait was not placed on or near ground but lifted up 10-20 centimeters.
This lead to way less non-targets consuming the bait, but guess what, also much less target animals especially Norway rats consuming on the bait. Also, they underlined that natural material bait / trap boxes are 8 times more efficient than plastic / industrially manufactured boxes. Makes sense! Rodents smell 100 times better than us. If you smell on something plastic, you smell it. Imagine how a rodent smells it. Probably as if you would burn a bit of plastic. Very toxic olfactory experience. Very repelling!
A good new addition to active German risk mitigation measures, updated with good content towards more IPM and less biocides, because of environmental risks and animal welfare.
Not trying to advertise, but pretty happy, that all products on our b2b Webshop for professional pest managers are playing just right into animal welfare, IPM and ecological management of pests as well as more efficient management via digital solutions.
Further studies have been uploaded, I will comment in a few weeks time.